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2004 BRFSS Survey Results: North Carolina Counties and Regions

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  Total
Respond.^
Yes No
N % C.I.(95%) N % C.I.(95%)
North Carolina 14,801 1,863 12.0 11.4-12.7 12,938 88.0 87.3-88.6
COUNTY/REGIONS***
Alamance 398 58 15.5 11.8-20.2 340 84.5 79.8-88.2
Buncombe 361 69 19.2 15.1-24.1 292 80.8 75.9-84.9
Cabarrus 426 56 12.1 9.0-16.1 370 87.9 83.9-91.0
Catawba 372 46 12.8 9.4-17.3 326 87.2 82.7-90.6
Cumberland 441 51 11.0 8.2-14.5 390 89.0 85.5-91.8
Davidson 375 46 12.0 8.7-16.3 329 88.0 83.7-91.3
Durham 405 49 12.6 9.1-17.3 356 87.4 82.7-90.9
Forsyth 441 63 13.1 10.0-16.9 378 86.9 83.1-90.0
Gaston 372 61 17.4 13.2-22.5 311 82.6 77.5-86.8
Guilford 418 44 9.5 6.8-13.2 374 90.5 86.8-93.2
Iredell 425 52 11.8 8.7-15.7 373 88.2 84.3-91.3
Johnston 469 51 8.4 6.0-11.7 418 91.6 88.3-94.0
Mecklenburg 631 90 13.3 10.7-16.5 541 86.7 83.5-89.3
New Hanover 364 47 13.4 9.8-18.1 317 86.6 81.9-90.2
Onslow 385 44 10.1 7.3-13.8 341 89.9 86.2-92.7
Orange 403 45 9.2 6.7-12.6 358 90.8 87.4-93.3
Pitt 377 36 9.1 6.4-12.9 341 90.9 87.1-93.6
Randolph 343 47 12.9 9.2-17.7 296 87.1 82.3-90.8
Robeson 371 37 9.9 6.9-14.2 334 90.1 85.8-93.1
Rowan 435 62 15.7 12.0-20.3 373 84.3 79.7-88.0
Union 433 62 13.9 10.4-18.2 371 86.1 81.8-89.6
Wake 579 57 9.4 7.0-12.5 522 90.6 87.5-93.0
Carteret/Currituck/Craven/Dare/Hyde/Pamlico 361 32 9.1 6.1-13.3 329 90.9 86.7-93.9
Northeast Partnership II 476 62 13.0 10.0-16.8 414 87.0 83.2-90.0
Northeast Partnership I 393 64 15.7 12.0-20.2 329 84.3 79.8-88.0
Franklin/Nash/Wilson 360 43 11.2 8.0-15.4 317 88.8 84.6-92.0
Duplin/Greene/Harn./Jones/Lenoir/Samp./Wayne 467 52 9.4 6.9-12.6 415 90.6 87.4-93.1
Bladen/Brunswick/Columbus/Pender 411 57 13.8 10.4-18.0 354 86.2 82.0-89.6
Caswell/Granville/Person/Vance 402 40 8.6 6.2-11.9 362 91.4 88.1-93.8
Chatham/Lee/Moore 453 46 8.0 5.8-10.9 407 92.0 89.1-94.2
Anson/Hoke/Montgo./Richmond/Scotland/Stanly 528 62 11.0 8.3-14.4 466 89.0 85.6-91.7
Davie/Rockingham/Stokes/Surry/Yadkin 358 54 15.2 11.5-20.0 304 84.8 80.0-88.5
Alleghany/Ashe/Avery/Watagua/Wilkes 359 43 13.4 8.5-20.4 316 86.6 79.6-91.5
Alexander/Burke/Caldwell/Cleve./Lincoln 422 56 14.5 10.9-19.0 366 85.5 81.0-89.1
Mountain AHEC (Excludes Buncombe) 587 79 11.8 9.1-15.3 508 88.2 84.7-90.9
NORTHEASTERN PARTNERSHIP**
Yes 987 137 13.6 11.3-16.3 850 86.4 83.7-88.7
No 13,814 1,726 11.9 11.3-12.6 12,088 88.1 87.4-88.7
NC REGIONS***
Eastern NC 4,965 590 11.2 10.2-12.3 4,375 88.8 87.7-89.8
Piedmont 8,225 1,034 11.8 10.9-12.7 7,191 88.2 87.3-89.1
Western NC 1,611 239 14.6 12.6-16.9 1,372 85.4 83.1-87.4
AREA HEALTH EDUCATION CENTERS(AHEC)****
Mountain AHEC 927 144 14.1 11.6-16.9 783 85.9 83.1-88.4
Northwest 2,859 384 13.9 12.4-15.6 2,475 86.1 84.4-87.6
Charlotte 2,201 306 13.0 11.4-14.8 1,895 87.0 85.2-88.6
Greensboro 1,917 239 11.5 9.9-13.5 1,678 88.5 86.5-90.1
Southern Regional 1,550 169 10.2 8.7-12.1 1,381 89.8 87.9-91.3
Coastal 746 97 12.5 10.0-15.4 649 87.5 84.6-90.0
Wake 2,006 214 9.5 8.0-11.3 1,792 90.5 88.7-92.0
Area L 588 84 13.8 11.0-17.3 504 86.2 82.7-89.0
Eastern 1,874 214 10.7 9.2-12.5 1,660 89.3 87.5-90.8

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^Use caution in interpreting percentages with a numerator of less than 20. N = numerator, % = Percentage, C.I.(95%) = Confidence Interval (at 95 percent probability level).
Percentages are weighted to population characteristics and therefore cannot be calculated exactly from the numbers in this table.

** Northeast NC I: Bertie, Gates, Halifax, Hertford, Northampton, and Warren counties.
Northeast NC II: Beaufort, Camden, Chowan, Edgecombe, Martin, Pasquotank, Perquimans, Tyrrell, and Washington counties.
Northeastern Partnership: Northeast NC I and II regions combined.

*** Eastern North Carolina: Beaufort, Bertie, Bladen, Brunswick, Camden, Carteret, Chowan, Columbus, Craven, Cumberland, Currituck, Dare, Duplin, Edgecombe, Gates, Greene, Halifax, Harnett, Hertford, Hoke, Hyde, Johnston, Jones, Lenoir, Martin, Nash, New Hanover, Northampton, Onslow, Pamlico, Pasquotank, Pender, Perquimans, Pitt, Robeson, Sampson, Scotland, Tyrrell, Washington, Wayne, and Wilson counties.
Piedmont North Carolina: Alamance, Alexander, Anson, Cabarrus, Caswell, Catawba, Chatham, Cleveland, Davidson, Davie, Durham, Forsyth, Franklin, Gaston, Granville, Guilford, Iredell, Lee, Lincoln, Mecklenburg, Montgomery, Moore, Orange, Person, Randolph, Richmond, Rockingham, Rowan, Stanly, Stokes, Union, Vance, Wake, Warren, and Yadkin counties.
Western North Carolina: Alleghany, Ashe, Avery, Buncombe, Burke, Caldwell, Cherokee, Clay, Graham, Haywood, Henderson, Jackson, McDowell, Macon, Madison, Mitchell, Polk, Rutherford, Surry, Swain, Transylvania, Watauga, Wilkes, and Yancey counties.
Mountain Area Health Education Center (AHEC): Buncombe, Cherokee, Clay, Graham, Haywood, Henderson, Jackson, McDowell, Macon, Madison, Mitchell, Polk, Rutherford, Swain, Transylvania, and Yancey counties.

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